Xanax Addiction Treatment Center
Xanax (alprazolam) is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, some of the most commonly used drugs in the world.
It is also one of the most popular medications in the United States — and one of the most frequently abused. Xanax is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Nevertheless, Xanax is often abused because it produces feelings of calmness and sedation.
Benzodiazepines help relieve anxiety and stress by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). While very effective, CNS depressants are particularly dangerous if abused or used long term, because they cause shallow, slowed breathing. This can lead to respiratory infections and cardiovascular issues, like irregular heart rate.
Xanax abuse can quickly lead to tolerance and physical dependence. Overdosing on Xanax or other benzodiazepines can cause respiratory failure, especially if combined with other CNS depressants, like alcohol. At the same time, people taking Xanax for a measurable period of time will experience withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop taking. Withdrawal from Xanax can be dangerous and fatal in certain circumstances.
Signs of Xanax Addiction
Since Xanax is prescribed by a doctor, it can make it trickier to identify problem use and addiction. Physical and behavioral signs that you or a loved one has developed an addiction to Xanax include:
- Using Xanax to cope with everyday stressors
- Taking a higher dose or using the drug for longer than prescribed
- Getting the drug without a prescription
- Continuing to use the drug even when it's causing issues at work, school, or in personal relationships
- Becoming more isolated from others
- Concealing drug use
- Trying to quit unsuccessfully once or more
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Slurred speech
- Strong cravings to use the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms and Side Effects
Two telltale signs of Xanax dependency include developing a tolerance—meaning you need more of the drug to get the same effect—and experiencing acute Xanax withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug.
Symptoms can include:
- Rebound anxiety and the return of other symptoms the drug is designed to control
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Fever, sweating, or chills
- Trouble sleeping
- Shaking or tremors
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, or weight loss
- Mood swings, depression, and cravings for the drug
The Importance of Xanax Medical Detox
Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even deadly. Abruptly quitting can cause seizures, abnormal body sensations, muscle spasms, and delirium or detachment from reality. That’s why it’s important to get the right Xanax addiction treatment. A medically supervised detox is the safest way to taper off the drug, especially for those with serious addictions.
BriteLife provides medical detox services with round-the-clock support at most of our beautiful locations. Our team uses a tapering strategy to gradually wean clients off Xanax. We do everything possible to minimize withdrawal symptoms to keep clients safe and comfortable.
After medical detox it’s important for clients to move to a residential program, as the risk of relapse is too great for most clients without professional care.
Why Choose BriteLife Recovery?
BriteLife Recovery provides comprehensive Xanax treatment. Our comfortable treatment centers provide a sanctuary-like environment where clients can focus on healing and recovery.
Our trained staff includes experienced doctors, therapists, and other experts, who work together to create customized treatment plans for our clients. Our therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based therapeutic approaches to give clients the tools they’ll need for long-term recovery.
Xanax rehab clients enjoy:
- 24/7 medical care and support
- A healing, substance-free environment among sober peers
- Amenities, include a full-service gym, swimming pool, hiking trail, and more
- A variety of activities and outings, including canoeing, yoga and meditation, nature outings, art therapy, and more
Speak with one of our recovery specialists to learn more about our Xanax rehab programs. Call us today at 866-470-2187.